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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-15-11 07:41 PM
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35. Oops, LOL! Regime shows 'terrorist' to press, but..."I'm NOT Al Qaeda," he says.

Militant contradicts Libya's version of revolt

Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:29pm GMT

By Michael Georgy

TRIPOLI, March 15 (Reuters) - A rebel presented by Libya's government as proof of al Qaeda's role in the rebellion publicly denied any links to the group on Tuesday when foreign journalists met him in the capital Tripoli.

The government took a large group of reporters to meet the Libyan man, Salah Abu Obah, saying he was a militant involved in a four-week-old uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year rule.

"I can't believe I am sitting next to an al Qaeda affiliate," said a government spokesman, introducing the man sporting a beard and wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood.

Obah gave a different account of himself. "I am not a member of al Qaeda," he told reporters.

The spokesman appeared unmoved by the departure from plan and continued to translate his comments.


At the end of what would appear to have been a less than entirely successful exercise, Obah quietly left with his minder to return to his detention.

His minder may be sharing a cell with him tonight. :rofl:

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